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Updated on 5/1/20.  To obtain information on developments since then, please reach out to the Association office.  If you are on our email lists, you will receive information as it is released into the public space.

Your Association is open and working to keep you informed on issues and government action related to the coronavirus pandemic.

We have vigorously worked with our state and federal officials to identify our farm and construction equipment dealerships as an “essential business” in the event there is a government-mandated shutdown of all “non-essential” businesses.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued UPDATED guidance, which identifies key industries that would be allowed to operate should a federal shutdown/quarantine be declared. Farm and construction equipment dealerships would be included as part of that group. Dealerships’ sales, rental, service and parts departments would be allowed to continue to operate, subject to their respective state laws.

The farm equipment exemption (page 6 & 7) states:

  • “Farmers, farm workers, and agribusiness support services to include those employed in auction and sales…”
  • “Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary for agricultural production and distribution.”

The construction equipment exemption (page 10) states:

  • “Employees who repair and maintain vehicles…and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and passengers.”
  • “Workers critical to rental and leasing of vehicles and equipment that facilitate continuity of operations for essential workforces and other essential travel.”

Other websites and articles related to COVID-19 are listed below. Please give us a call at the office and let us know if you have any questions.

The information listed below reflects decisions and executive orders made on a state-wide basis.  To follow city guidelines, you would need to look up COVID-19 resources specific to your city.

Minnesota Resources

Schools - Closed. Transitioned to online learning.

Food Service Businesses - Closed to in-dining services.  Take-out, Delivery, Curbside, and Drive-throughs will continue service. In effect until May 4th.

Public Accommodation & Amusement Businesses -  Closed until May 4th.

Non-Essential Businesses - Closed from March 28th through May 4th.  See the information above for clarification on the consideration of equipment dealers.

Essential Businesses - Open

MN State COVID-19 Webpage

MN Governor's Executive Orders

MN Unemployment Insurance Information 

MN Employer Obligations

MN Small Business Loan Guarantee


North Dakota Resources

North Dakota's business restrictions expired on April 30, 2020. The state has released guidelines for businesses to follow as they start to open to the public, and has published the state's long-term plan for dealing with COVID-19.

ND State COVID-19 Webpage

ND Governor's Executive Orders

ND State Health Recommendations from Governor Burgum

ND Unemployment Insurance and Q&A on CARES Act.

ND Dept. of Health Travel Order


South Dakota Resources

Though South Dakota's Governor, Kristi Noem, never issued a "Stay At Home" Order, she did issue an order requiring open businesses to follow specific guidelines. That order has been updated with the "Back to Normal Plan" that was released on April 28, 2020.

SD State COVID-19 Webpage

SD State Recommendations for Employers


Articles & News Releases

COVID-19 Update for Minnesota Employers

By growthzone | March 18, 2020 | Comments Off on COVID-19 Update for Minnesota Employers

Impacted Employees Can Apply For Unemployment Insurance Benefits Immediately Yesterday the Governor issued an Executive Order waiving the waiting period on unemployment insurance, potentially making benefits available to COVID-19-impacted employees immediately. In addition to employees impacted by lay-offs through no fault of their own, the program has been modified to cover employees who cannot work due…

BCBS of ND Response to COVID-19

By growthzone | March 17, 2020 | Comments Off on BCBS of ND Response to COVID-19

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota’s (BCBSND) top priority is ensuring the health and well-being of all North Dakotans during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. They continue to monitor the situation and are following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as state and federal guidelines and recommendations. BCBSND has developed an action plan…

What Employers Need to Know Regarding the Federal Legislative Response to COVID-19

By growthzone | March 15, 2020 | Comments Off on What Employers Need to Know Regarding the Federal Legislative Response to COVID-19

© 2020, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., All Rights Reserved. During the early morning hours of March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” (H.R. 6201) by an overwhelming vote of 363-40. The bill now heads to the Senate where it is expected to pass sometime…